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Obama Says Hillary Clinton Would Be an 'Excellent President'

Obama said the former secretary of state is "going to have some strong messages to deliver" if she decides to run for the White House.
/ Source: NBC News

President Barack Obama on Saturday said Hillary Clinton would be "an excellent president" who would "have some strong messages to deliver" if she decides to run for the White House.

Obama made the comments a day before Clinton is expected to announce a presidential bid.

"She was a formidable candidate in 2008, she was a great supporter of mine in the general election, she was an outstanding secretary of state, she is my friend," Obama said. "I think she would be an excellent president.”

Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to Obama in 2008. Obama made the comments on Saturday after a summit in Panama.

"The one thing I can say is, she’s going to be able to handle herself very well in any conversation or debates around foreign policy,” Obama said. "And her track record with respect to domestic policies is I think one that cares about working families."

"If she decides to run and she makes an announcement, she’s going to have some strong messages to deliver," Obama said.

A memo sent to Clinton’s staff by her soon-to-be campaign manager, Robby Mook, said her message will be "about the everyday Americans who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families."

More than two-thirds of Democratic voters think Clinton will be the Democratic nominee, according to an online poll conducted by NBC News and SurveyMonkey. The poll conducted in early April found 50 percent of Democrats would vote for Clinton, and 68 percent think she will be the nominee.


— Phil Helsel